Face-to-Face Art Practice Retreat
with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
March 20, 2021
What are we facing? How do we face our shadows ? When was the last time you gazed into the marvel of your own face or the face of another with no goal other than appreciation, wonder, connection, pure presence? Really seeing each other?
This retreat emerged through a vibrant year of art practice with people on Zoom. Though we have not had physical closeness with each other, working on the computer has kept us quite socially close. What would it be like seeing how close we can actually look—concentrating on each other’s faces, on our own face—and make direct recordings?
This will be a courageous practice whether we are studying our own face, scrutinizing the face of another, whether we are the one being studied. In facing what is there to face, we will find challenges. Where will we draw the line? Can we release the critiques, superficial observations, and really attend to the forces that insist on separation—judgments, the likes and dislikes—and then reclaim with a spacious shift to allow it all, allow everything, to look and see with an unconditioned eye? We can give ourselves and others the chance to touch the incredible joy that accompanies entering the mystery of being truly connected, the joy that has be ours all along.
Together we will practice and appreciate falling into the crevasses, wrinkles and creases that life has etched into our skin. Can we do this, and relish the bumps, scars, colors and varied textures of this terrain to inform our mark making? The more we see, the more we may discover how much there is to continually explore—living in the circle of wonder!
Zazen allows us to take a raw unadorned look inward, and drawing offers us the same chance to make direct contact with what appears directly in front and make a live recording.
No drawing experience is necessary.
Please bring :
-a small mirror; papers of different sizes, weights, textures ; a few blue and black ball point pens; pencils; masking tape; scissors
Optional: other colored mark making materials, pens, pencils, charcoal, kneaded eraser, etc.
Saturday, March 20th: 10am-noon and 1:30-3pm
Donations are appreciated to help support our efforts during this time.
A Zen priest, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received transmission of the Precepts from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She currently serves as MRO Director of Training and co-Director of the Zen Center of NYC. Before entering the Monastery in 1990, Hojin Sensei studied fine art and trained under legendary ceramicist Toshiku Takaezu, among others. Over the years she has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, and continues to teach on the creative process within the Mountains and Rivers Order.
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